Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

The Relevance of Culturally Based Curriculum and Instruction: The Case of Nancy Sharp

In this paper, the authors describe an ethnography of Ms. Sharp’s classroom. Ms. Sharp is the Yup’ik immersion teacher for grades K–3 in an Alaskan community almost entirely comprised of Yup’ik Eskimo. As part of her work with the authors, Ms. Sharp uses mathematics curriculum that was developed to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 58
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 12:58

Family, Community, and School Impacts on American Indian and Alaska Native Students’ Success

Reyhner provides a review of research focused on the impact of community, family, and schools on the academic success of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. There are reviews of literature that provide a broad overview of AI/AN education, but the author narrows the paper down to focus...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 12:55

What Supports Do Teachers Need to Help Students Meet Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy? Findings from the American Teacher and American School Leader Panels

This report provides educators' perspectives on their readiness and needs regarding helping students meet new state standards. Findings are drawn from surveys of the American Teacher and School Leader panels, which represent samples of K–12 teachers and school leaders across the nation. The survey...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 51
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 13:04

Teaching Higher: Educators' Perspectives on Common Core Implementation

This study by the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University surveyed a representative sample of teachers in five states (Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Nevada) as they prepared their students to take the new Common Core-aligned assessments in the spring...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

New Classroom Videos Demonstrating Transitions to NGSS

This resource provides instructional support for implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). From the website: "Achieve and the Teaching Channel collaborated with an elementary school teacher and high school teacher from Boone County, KY to capture snapshots of what NGSS early...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 150
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

Learning English

This resource provides descriptions of current thinking and efforts to meet English language learners (ELLs) needs, such as the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) program. These efforts are contrasted with historical and political perspectives on ELL education and bilingualism, e.g., No Child...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:43

How Deeper Learning Can Create a New Vision for Teaching

From the introduction: "This paper highlights examples of teachers, principals, and schools that have embraced a forward-thinking, student-centered approach to learning outcomes called deeper learning (and are members of the Deeper Learning Network) in order to provide students with the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:34

Re-Balancing Assessment: Placing Formative and Performance Assessment at the Heart of Learning and Accountability

From the overview: "we call for replacing our current, unbalanced formula of summative assessments and external pressure with a new, more balanced formula for assessment and accountability centered around curriculum-embedded performance assessments or CEPAs—classroom-based instructional units that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 75
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:33

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